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125 Years Ago


MARRIAGE: Mr. Bert Van Cleve writes up his own marriage in the (Yaquina) Post as follows: If you have tears to shed, shed them now: Married — At Corvallis, Oregon, March 5, 1892, Judge Hufford at the wheel, Bert P. Van Cleve and Miss Ida E. Kiser, of Philomath, were “tied” and that’s what’s the matter, and we are glad of it. Ahem! We extend the usual congratulations, and sincerely wish that none of the subscribers of the Post, in their joy, will forget to send in the supplies necessary to fill up our depleted larder and exchequer. (Published March 14, 1892, in the Albany Daily Democrat).

100 Years Ago


TOP SPELLERS: The following are the names of the successful spellers in the second local spelling contest, given Feb. 23, 1917: District No. 8 — Kings Valley: Mabel Allen, Ethel Thompson, Ethel Graham, Leone Price, Stella Moser, Melba Banks, Francis Nyman, Retha Allen, Charlie Moser, Ethel Allen, Virgie Price. District No. 11 — Wren: George Bamber, Loraine Turner, William Bamber. District No. 12 — Blodgett: Florence Davis, Minnie Hahn, Walter Hahn, Frances Thompson, Irene Lutz. District No. 17 — Philomath: Francis Cumming, Addie Davis, Ruby Davis, Lucille Ewing, Fay Soule, Doris Watson, Verneita Williams, Marion Bowman, Ezra Clark, Clifford Jones, Richard Pugh, George Ringeland, Willard Wyatt, Harold Woodward, Ardelle Watson, Lyle Goff. (Published March 12, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

DEBATE WIN: Philomath High School last Friday night defeated North Bend in their climb toward the state championship in debating. The team was composed of Miss Erma Von Lehe and Frankie Palmer. Philomath has defeated Corvallis, Albany, Eugene and North Bend, and will probably go up against Silverton next time. (Published March 12, 1917, in the Albany Daily Democrat).

75 Years Ago


BIRTHDAY PARTY: Friday afternoon the teachers of the Hill school and pupils of the third and fourth grades surprised Henry Lutz, the janitor, with a birthday party held in Miss Bowerman’s room. After they had all assembled, Mr. Lutz was called and presented with two gift packages and two large birthday cakes with lighted candles in honor of his 77th birthday. Later the cakes with jello were served. (Published March 17, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

DRAFT LOTTERY: The nation’s first draft lottery of the war, a step toward classification of about 9,000,000 men for possible military service, ended at 4:10 a.m. Pacific war time today, a little more than 13 hours after it started. Only 6,998 numbers, two less than was planned, were drawn from the historic draft goldfish bowl. William A. Leder, of Philomath, Route 1, is the lucky man to hold serial number 441 on the records of the local draft board. (Published March 18, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

ENTERTAINMENT: The home economics department of the high school entertained the teaching staff, school board and a few guests at a three-course turkey dinner Thursday evening in the home economics room. The tables were covered with linen with a centerpiece of yellow daffodils and greenery. Each lady was presented with a corsage of daffodils and sweet peas. An impromptu program of short talks, readings, music and singing was held at the table and later they all gathered around the piano and spent the evening in group singing. (Published March 17, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

50 Years Ago


TEACHER HONOR: James Grossnicklaus, automotive shop teacher at Philomath High School, is Oregon’s Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year. Grossnicklaus, who lives in Shedd, was also to be initiated president of the Oregon Industrial Arts Association in Portland Monday. He was to fly Monday night to Philadelphia, where state teachers of the year will be honored at the National Industrial Arts Association convention. (Published March 14, 1967, in the Oregonian, Portland).

15 Years Ago


STATE TITLE: The dream came true Saturday night and oh what a way for it to happen. After falling in the OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 3A state tournament title game two seasons ago, the Philomath High boys' basketball team avenged its loss to Creswell by knocking off Central 40-38 in overtime at Gill Coliseum. Philomath finishes the season with a 25-3 record.

Logan Garvin scored all seven points in overtime as the Warriors held off the Panthers for their first state title. Garvin came out in the overtime and hit two free throws to tie the game at 35-35 and followed that with a 12-footer to give the Warriors a 37-35 lead. After Central's Michael Braziel drained a 3-pointer to give the Panthers a 38-37 lead, Garvin then drove the lane and converted on a short jumper. Jordan Pratt front-rimmed a 12-footer and Tommy Bain grabbed the rebound with 37 seconds left. Garvin was fouled with 16.9 seconds and hit one of two free throws. Braziel’s desperation 3-pointer from the top of the key was wide and the Warriors held on for the victory as the Philomath fans stormed the court.

It was the Warriors first title under coach Dave Garvin after three second-place finishes — two coming in losses to Central more than a dozen years ago. (Published March 12, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua of the Philomath Express.


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